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La Collectionneuse (1967)

La collectionneuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 March 1967 (France)
A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests.

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Patrick Bauchau (dialogue), Haydée Politoff (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Bauchau ... Adrien
Haydée Politoff ... Haydée
Daniel Pommereulle Daniel Pommereulle ... Daniel
Alain Jouffroy Alain Jouffroy ... Writer
Mijanou Bardot Mijanou Bardot ... Carole (as Mijanou)
Annik Morice Annik Morice ... Carole's girlfriend
Dennis Berry Dennis Berry ... Charlie
Seymour Hertzberg Seymour Hertzberg
Néstor Almendros
Patrice De Bailliencourt Patrice De Bailliencourt ... Homme dans l'auto
László Benkö László Benkö
Anne Dubot Anne Dubot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Raynal Jackie Raynal
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Storyline

Adrien travels to a villa on the Riviera. He is on vacation and plans to relax. He shares the villa with a friend, Daniel, and a female stranger, Haydée. Haydée has many lovers, and both Adrien and Daniel despise her at first, but Adrien soon becomes more and more intrigued and infatuated. Written by Yepok

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France

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Release Date:

2 March 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Collectionneuse See more »

Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Eric Rohmer's first color film. See more »

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Adrien: We are always someone else's slave. I find less dishonor in living at a friend's house, than in being paid by the State. Today, most people do useless work. Three quarters of all activities are parasitic. I'm not a parasite, the bureaucrats, the technicians are.
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Everyday life elevated into art
12 April 2005 | by Howard SchumannSee all my reviews

In The Collector, the first feature-length film of the Six Moral Tales series, mind-games, strategies, and overt manipulation thwart the possibility of satisfying relationships. The 54-minute film is beautifully photographed and has an elegance, charm, and wit that bears favorable comparison with his more acclaimed works. Adrien (Patrick Bauchau), an art dealer, and Daniel (Daniel Pommereulle), a painter spend the summer in a house on the French Riviera. Also vacationing there is Haydee (Haydee Politoff), an elegant but rather aloof young woman who sleeps with many boys in the area and has earned the title of "collectionneuse", a collector of men. Adrien, smug and self-centered in a charming sort of way, is interested in Haydee but tells himself that her promiscuity is a trick for him to seduce her and he refuses.

The summer turns into a love triangle with Adrien convincing Daniel to pursue Haydee to ease the pressure of his own conflict between his rationalizing intellect and his passions. In the moral scheme of things, Haydee may represent the sexual revolution of the 60s and Adrien that of traditional morality, yet the film takes no sides, presenting the issues without judging the characters and giving us much to think about. The Collector is perhaps the most philosophical of the six but in the end the pursuit without passion leads to a feeling of emptiness and missed opportunities. Like most of Rohmer's films, there are no peak dramatic moments or confrontations, just everyday life elevated into art.


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